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T -INKS left in the Chair in the Garden at Drakelow, the

' Seat of Sir N. tf. Grefley, Bart, by Theophilus Swift, Efq. I

To a Young Lady, with a Rofe-Bud, by the fame - ' 4

To a Lady, with a Rofe, by the fhme . ibid .

Dtf. Halley's Reply to Aichbilhop King, by the fame 6

Jckyll, a Political Eclogue - ibid.
Jw d' Efpijt, on a propofcd League between the Theatrical Po-

tentates of Drury Lane and Coven t Garden 14.
On the Approaching DifTbhition of a very plcafant Party at Red-

lynch, Feb. 21, 1784, by the Earl of Ilchefter 1 8
Written in Hatfield, the i6th of July-, 1783, on feeing the

Horfes belonging to the Countcfs of Salifbury run off with the

Carriage ' 2Z
Subftance of a Converfation between the Hon. Henry Erfkine

and the Duchefs of Gordon, almoft inftantly turned into

Rhyme by the Author of the Cave of Mora 25

Homeric Anecdotes, by W. J. Baker, Efq. 24

Verfes to J. L t e, Efq. by the fame 26

Infcription for Mrs. L.'s Cottage at H n, by the fame 28

CunKone di Petrarca ... , - - 30

Imitated By the fame 31

Ters fur une Rofs, far Monf. Bernard 33

Tranflated by the fame 3^
The Laft Speech and Dying Declaration of SKIP tie MAGPIE,

by the fame - 36

The Confraft, by the fame 41
Verfes written in the Root Houfe at Taplow,the Scat of the Earl

of Inchiqoin, by the fame 44

VitfantUe dt i'^libe DejjbettfS ' ' 45

Imitated by the fame - 47

Song, Tune, The Vicar and Moles" 48

Song, by Dr. Glynn ^z

Cotecle, infcribed to Lord Vifc. Mount Edgcumbe jj
Infcription for a Seat at Caftlcton, dedicated by Lady C -

C - y to Mrs. Siddons, by the Hon. G - N '- r 57

To th- Memory of David Home, Elq. by rhe farrie 5^
Lifvriprion for a Seat at Caftleton, dedicated" to Dr. Bla-;r, by

;hr farrw 60
A i A Pravcr

C iv I

A Prayer to Senfibilky, on reading Mrs. Grenville's Prayer for

Indifference, hy the fame _ 6l

To a Lady, witha Comj,afs, hy the fame 6z.
To a Lady, with a Print of Venus attired by the Grsccs, by

the fame -6-5

S^i-i Mer.iicndi, or the Art of Lying, by Lord Henry Spencer ibid.

Ode to John K<Jle, Lfq. M. P." 65

Str.nzas written by Mr. Hay ley, on Mr. G.bbon's Birth Day 67

Incantation for Railing a Phantom, imiuued from Macbeth 69
Epigrammatic Lines, adureffed by the Chart of Dr. Johnfon to

MadanvPiozzi 71

Mrs. Piozzi's Johnfoniana . 72

A Story in Sir John's ov/n Way 76

?.u etEffrit en Mr. Sheldon's Anatomical Schcol 78
he Angry Boy and the Calm Veteran, a Parliamentary Ec-

j logue, 1787 79

Song, fung at the Mafquerade atHarewood Honfe 8 I
lir.prompui by the Hon. Thomas Erfkine, occafioned by his

being much indifpofcd one evening at Lady Payne's 83

Tranflations of Lord Beigrave's memorable Greek. Quotation 84
The \Viih, tranflated from the Greek of the Archbifhop of

Hippo, addreffed to the Supreme Bc'ng . 91

The above Parodied by a poor Curate ibid.

ci ? ibid.

Lapland Song, by Sir Matthew White Ridley 9.',

yerfes addrefled-to Lord H******** 93
Stanzas addreflcd to Mr. Herfchel, on his late Aftronomical Dif-

coveries ico

Cr. reading feveral Paragraphs in the Papers relative to Dr. Parr's

Impromptu, on the Alteration at both Theatres of admitting

Tickets of Bone, in the Place of written Orders 104

Epigram, addreffed to the Countefs of Jerfey 105

On two iaie Lonfdale Promotions ibid.

Verfes upon the Road, t Lord John Cavendifh 107
The Triumph of Adminiff ration, an Oce, addrefTedtothe Right

Hon. Henry Dun !>is III
A Congratulatory Ode, sddreffed to the Righ Hon. Ch-rles Jen-

kinfoo, on his being created Lord Hawkeibury - 120

The Bui fe, a Pindaric Ode 125

The Stntefmen, an Eclogue 12.9

Cambiidge Triumphant > ' 136

A Petit? Drama i * 139

A Crsmbo

t v 1

A Crambo Dialogue between that celebrated Pair of Spectacles,

Sir Jofeph Mawbey, Bart, and Charles Brandling, Efq. 147

Sir Jofcph Mawbey's Epitaph on his Lady's favourite So-W 151

Mr. Brandling's Epitaph on tne fame Subject I 153

Ode tor the New Year ' > 157

Dialogue bet ween Stephen and Laura 160
To a Lady, on her lending the Author a Whiie Cockade on

her Marriage ibid,

On a Gentleman who married his Miftrcfs - 162

Verfes addrei.ed to a Young Lady ibid.

On a Lady, who fprinkled Flour upon her Bofom 163

Parody. -Sapphie iG-

On the Marriage of a hap.dfome young Couple 166

To a Lady, with a Prefent of a Fan ibid;

ToMifsV 167

Original Epigram 160^

On May Morning, 1787, to Parthenia ibid.

Song, tra(lated from the Greek, by John Baynes, Efq. 170

Song, tranfh ted from Phoenix of Colophon, by the fame - ibid.

Ode, from the Greek of Caliiftratus, tranflated by the fame 172
Song, tranflated from the French of Mary Queen of Scots, by

the fame 17^

King's Bench Practice of Justifying Bail, by the fame ib;d.
Lines written in the Album, at Coffey Hall, Norfolk, by Mr.

Jerningham 176

Occafional Ode, performed at the Catch Club 180
Verfes left at the White Lion, Calais, fuppofed to be w lit ten

by Mrs. Piozzi . 18 1
Its Companion, at the Ship Inn, Dover, apparently by the

fame Hand , ibid,

The British Phoenix, to the Hon. Mrs. Darner igz

Forfeits . ]g 3

The Lofs Reftor'd, r,n Epigram, for the fafhionable Admirers

of a popular Hiflorian I%A

Epigram Gibbon, n ChrifHan 185

T'o: her Slap, or Gibbon a Deity, an Epigram ibid.

Epiftle to the Ma' Ippolito Pindemontc, at Veronr?, by

William Parfons, Efq. ibid,

Cd- in Commemoration of the Glorious Revolution, 1788, by

.W. Mafon, M. A. ! 9 2

Epigram to M , Efq. 196

To the Right Hon. Lady Ch-wlot e Gordon, dreffed in a Tar-
tan Scotch Bonncr, with Plumes, kc, by t>r, Bc^sric 197


Epigram - _ I? g

Impromptu, Mr. Gieatheed and his Tragedy -

The Bath Fracas


-Epigram on BofsvcU's Journey of a Tour to the Hebrides ibid.

Song, by Peter Pindar, Efq. 200

Song, by the fame . 201

Abfence. To Cynthia. By the fame ibid.

Song, by the fame . 20 2.

In Imitation of .Spooler, written at Santa Cruz, in the Ifland

of Tencriffe, and fent to Donna Antonictta de R- , a

Spanifh young Lady. Written at her VHIa on that Ifland,

by the fame 203

Sonnet, by Bertie Grer.thcedj Efq. 205

Lines to the Memory of Mrs. Tickell ibid.

To Sleep 206

The Superannuated Horfc to his^Mafter ; 208'

Irregular Ode. A Sketch 2ti

Sonnet, to Mifs Helena Maria Williams 2 r 5
The Three Vernoas, by the Hon. Horace VValpole 216
A Poem, addieffed to the Earl of Chcltcrfield, by Thomas New-
burgh, Efq. 217

To the Earl of Chefterficld, in Imitation of fome PafTages in

Horace ' 219

Earl of Chefterfield's Anfwer to the preceding Leuer 223

Song, written fome Time ago by Capt." Morris, addrcfTed to

Lady *#** 225

To a Lady on her Birth Day, by Theophilus Swift, Efq. 227

Judgement of Hercules, by the fame 229

On the Sight of Mifs Vafial, at Mr. Jolliffe's MafquevaJc, by

Richard Paul Jodrell, Efqv 247

Epigram 2/|#

On the Premature Death of a Lady's Lap-dog. A "Jut d' F.fprii ,

by Dr. Fothergill', of Bath ibid.

On Delia's Birth Day, an Acreontic, by the fame 2^0
Elegiac Stanzas, byW. T. Fitzgeialj, Efq. to the Memory of
his Friend, who was drowned wlcliin his Sight, as he was

Bathing in the Sea 151

. On Mr. Mafon's Abufe of the late Dr. Samuel Johnfon, in the

Memoirs of Mr. William Whitchcad 253
On feeing the Duchcfs of Devonihiie in an Half rtt the

Opera Houfe Gala in 1787 254

Brookes'sGala ibid.

I Ode

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Ode on the Reiteration of his Majefty, recited by Mrs. Siddons,

written by Mr. Merry 255

Margaret Nicliolf. a, by R. J. 260

Infcription on a Temple at Capetown, the Seat of the Right
Hon. Thomas Conolly, in the County of Kildare, dedicated
to Caroline Countefs of Buckingham 265

Extempore Ludicrous Miltonic Vcrfes to the late Mrs. Gardi-
ner, by Mr. Jephfon 266

Burl-fque Miltonic. Extempore Anfwer to an Invitation from
the late Mrs. Gardiner to Dance with her at a Ball at the
Hon. Mrs. Berresford's, in 1778 268

Infcription for the Cottage at Caftletown, by Lady L. A,

Conolly " 271

Prologue, by John Kent, Efq. 272

Sonnet in the New Comedy of Falfe Appearances, by the Right

Hon. General Con way 274

Infcription on a Temple at Caftletown, dedicated to the Cheva-
lier Lelaune, Captain of a French Frigate, by Lady L. A.
Conolly, \vrittcnbyR.Jephfon 275

Lines on the Princefs Elizabeth bathing in the Sea at Wey-

mouth _ . 276

Stanza?, by R. B. Sheridan, Efq. ihid.

Delia to Damon, an Anfwer to the above Stanzas 277

An Epitaph upon George Lord Brook 278

Marquis Townihend's Verfes on his Niece 279

On the Benefit faid to be already received by his Majefty from

Sea Bathing ibid.

Sonnet, by the Right Hon. General Con way - 280






vvHEN next, ye na'iads, to this bleft retreat,
Where Drakelcw's genius fix'd her ancient feat,
Your ftepa refort, to Grefley's ear convey
This grateful ftrain, that friend/hip burns to pay.
On that fair altar let the mufe impart
The fweet, the facred incenfe of the heart,
Whofe odours with unfading fragrance rile,
To virtue dear, delightful to the (kies.
VOL. 111. B

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Here as I fit, and mufe o'er all the fcene,
Thefe founts of filver, and thefe fliades of green,
The mighty owner fills the poet's mind :
His free-born fpirit breathes in every wind :
His ample bounty, bleffing every vale,
Flows to mankind nor fhall the bleffing fail.
As Plenty's hand the full abundance pours,
Peace guides his flocks, and Honour guards his bowers ;
The rural graces at his gate attend,
And welcome with a finite th'approaching friend.
Prompt at his call, around his table ftand
Mirth's focial houfehold Gods, afmiling band.
Blithe Hofpitalhy, a blooming Lar,
Leads the gay train, and ihines the Britifh ftar.
Shaking ambrofial odours from his wings,
F.eflivity the fumptuous banquet brings,
The Ganymede that waits on Drakelow's Lord,
Nor Jove's own feafts a brighter gueft afford.
And fee yon rofy, yellow -trefled boy,
: His head with chaplets crown'd, light-hearred Joy t
In large libations pours the gen'rous bowl,
That fpeaks the greatnefs of its maker's foul.

Thefe, Grefley, are thine own. O might the mufe,
As her rapt fancy the fond theme purfues,
Tell all thy worth, and to the world proclaim
The graceful luftre of her Grefley's name :
Mark the ftrong vigor of thy manly mind,
With fpirit elegant, with force refin'd ;


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Through each hereditary virtue run,

The father's worth reflected in the fon ;

This fong mould laft ; nor wholly vain fliould. flow

Th' impaffion'd verfe, that frienfliip taught to glow.

Andthou, O Trent, whofe liquid treafures lave
Thefe happy xvalls, with many a lingering wave,
As loth like me to part, like me to go,
Let the lov'd partner of his fortunes know,
Not the calm mirror of thy cryftal ftreams
So placid fmiles, or fo ferenely beams,
As her mild brow, where TEMPER 'thron'd a grace,
Smooths the fair heaven, that lights her cloudlefs face.
Clear as thy flood that filent fteals along,
Flows her deep fenfe, as lucid and as ftrong,
And thy curl'd bofom, glittering in the fun,
When noon's bright rays in dancing fplendors run,
But half the luftre of her wit difplays,
Her wit, that beams with undiminiuYd rays.
Nor thefe alone could animate the bard,
Did not the mufe fuperior claims regard ;
Th'obliging friend, felicitous to preafe
With cheerful grace, and hofpitable eafe ;
The wife, that wins by each endearing art,
That holds the ftrong dominion of the heart ;
The mother, watchful of her infant care,
Their pains, their pleafures fond alike to fhare.
Of thefe the grateful mufe delights to tell,
Whofe faultering voice fcarce fpeaks the fad Farewell.

B a To

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.DWEET bud, to Myra's bofom go,

And live beneath her eye ;
There in the fun of beauty blow,

Or tafte of heaven and die.

Sweet earneft of the blooming year,

Whofe dawning beauties fpeak
The budding blufli of fummer near,

The fummer on her cheek.

Be ft emblem of the maid I love,

Refembling beauty's morn,
To Myra's bofom hafte and prove

One rbfe without a thorn.



vv HEN Venus firft from Ocean fprung,
Exulting Earth with rapture rung,
And gave, on that delightful morn,
The ROSE for Beauty then was born.


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Tib blooming ftranger Venus views,
Its balmy blufh, and fun-bright hues ;
Marks the green fence that guards it roun<l,
For not one thorn as yet was found ;
Then kifs'd th' impaffion'd Rofe receives
A warmer grace thro' all the leaves :
In neftar, now, Ihe bath'd the bud,
Now plung'd it in the purple flood
Inftant the finifh'd wonder grows
The flower of Love, and Beauty's Rofe.

To Paphos then flie bore the flower,
And laid it in herfav'rite bower,
Each morn a purer blufh prepared,
Each night its faded rays repair M;
And many a night, and many a morn,
Affiduous pluck'd the teeming thorn,
Breath' d on the leaves a deeper dye,
And newer fweets her balms fupply.

Then to the god that wields the bow,
Which lays the ftrong and mighty low,
The fragrant charge fhe gave, and fpread
Its bluming honours, whilft me faid,
" With this to Britain's ifle repair
" Thofe wings' fha!l waft thee quickly there;
*' When proucl Augufta thou fhalt fee,
" Riling in clouded majefty,
" Some idle poet fhould'ft thou meet,
" In Park, in play-houfe, church, or flreet,

B 3 - "Let

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*' Let him his fofteft fong employ,
*' To hymn this happy child of joy ;
*' And charge him, as he hopes to gain
44 One fmile of mine, one favour'd {train,
" To celebrate the Rofe, and fmg
" This matchlefs marvel of the fpring ;
** The brighteft emblem of our flames,
" That Beauty loves, that Beauty claims,
" That Love's own hand delights to rear,
" And Delia beft deferves to wear."



Vv I T H age exhaufted, and his vigor fled,
Says King to Hally, " I've a mind to wed :'*
Arch Hal ley anfwered, with farcaftic face,
" I hope you'll make me chaplain to your Grace. H

J E K Y L L:


miferalile Carmen
mart's late loca queflllus implet. VlRGIL.

1 K Y L L, the wag of law, the fcribbler's pride,
Calne to the fenate fent when Townfliend died^
So Lanfdown will'd : the old hoarfe rook at reft,
A jackdaw-phoenix chatters from his neft.


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Statefman, and lawyer now, with clafhing cares,
Th' important youth roams thro' the Temple fquares j
Yet ftays his ftep, where, with congenial play,
The well-known fountain babbles day by day :
The little fountain ! whofe restricted courfe,
In low, faint eflays owns its fhallow fource.
There, to the tinkling jet hetun'd his tongue,
While Lanfdown's fame, and Lanfdown's fall he fung.
" Where were our friends, when the remorfelefs crew
" Of felon whigs great Lanfdown's pow'r o'er-

threw ?

" For neither then, within St. Stephen's wall
" Obedient Weftcote hail'd the Treafury-call ;
*' Nor treachery then had branded Eden's fame,
*' Or taught mankind the mifcreant Minchin's name,
" Joyful no more (tho' Tommy fpoke fo long)
" Was high-born Howard's cry, or Powney's prat-

" tling tongue.

44 Vain was thy roar, Mahon ! tho' loud and deep ; v
" Not our own Gilbert could be rous'd from fleep.
No bargain yet, the tribe of Phipps had made :
" Lanfdown ! you fought in vain ev'n Mulgrave's

aid ;

" Mulgrave at whofe harm fcream, in wild furprife,
" TbcjfctcMefi Speaker lifts his drowfy eyes.
*' Ah ! haplefs day ! ftill, as thy hours return,
" Let Jefuits, Jews, and fad Diifenters mourn !

B'4 Each

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" Each quack and fympathizing juggler groan,

" While bankrupt brokers echo moan for moan.

" Oh ! much-lov'd peer ! my patron ! model !

" friend !

" How does thy alter'd ftate my bofom rend.
*' Alas ! the ways of courts are ftrange and dark !
" Pitt fcarce would make thee now a Treafury-

" clerk!"
Stung with the maddening thought, his griefs, his


Diflblve the plaintive councellor in tears.
" How oft," he cries, " has wretched Lanfdown faid j
** Curs* die the toilfome hours by Jlatefmen led!
" Oh ! had kiaJ heaven orda'vid my humbler fate
" A country gentleman's of fnuill eftate
" JJ'ith Pi ice ad Prieilley, in fome iliftant grove,

" $kft I bad led the lowly life I love.
" Thou, Price \ had deign* d to calculate my flccki !
" T'hou, Prieftley ! fav V them from the lightning faocks!
" Unknown the fiorms and tcmpejts of thcJlatC"

'* Unfelt the. mean ambition to be great ;

" In Bo\\-ood'sJI;aa l h.idpaft my peaceful days^ .
" Far from the town anditsdelujive ways;
" 7 he cryjlal brook my beverage and my food
" I lips ) cornels^ haws> and berries of the vjood."
" Bleft peer ! eternal wreaths adorn thy brow !
" Thou Cinckmatus of the Britifli plough !

" But,

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" But, rcufe again thy talents and thy zeal !

" Thy Sovereign, fure, rauft \vifh thee Privy-feal.

*' Or what if from the feals thou art debarr'd ?

" Chandos, atleaft, he might for thee difcard.'

" Corne, Lanfdown ! come thy life, no more thy o\vn,

u Oh ! brave again the fmoke and noiCe of town :

" For Britain's lake, the weight of greatnefs bear,

" And differ honors thou art doom'd to wear."

To tbee her Princes, lo ! where India fends,

All Benfield's here and there all Railings' friends ;

Macpherfon Wraxall Sullivan behold!

Call, Barwell Middleton with heaps of gold !

Rajahs Nabobs from Oude Tanjore Arcot

And fee! (nor, oh! difdain him ! ) Major Scot.

Ah ! give the Major but one gracious Nod :

Ev'n Pitthimfelf once deign'd to court the fqy<aJ.

" Oh ! be it theirs, with more than patriot heat,

" To fnatch thy virtues from their lov'd retreat

" Drag thee reluftant to the haunts of men,

" And make thee mmiiler Oh ! God! but when !"

Thus mourn'd the youth 'till, funk in penlive grief,
He woo'd his handkerchief for fort: re;L .
In either pocket either hand he threw ;
When, lo ! from each, a precious tablet flew.
This, his fage patron's wond'rous fpeech on trade :
This, his own book of iarcafms ready made.
Tremendous book ! thou motley Magazine
Of Hale feverities, and pilfer'd fpleen L

B 5 Oh!

Oh ! rich in ill ! within thy leaves entwin'd r

What glittering adders lurk to fting the mind.

Satire's Mufeum ! with Sir Afhton's lore,

The naturalift of malice eyes thy ilore :

Ranging, with fell Virtu, his poifonous tribes

Of embryo fneers, and animalcule gibes.

Here infeft puns their feeble wings expand,

To fpeed, in little flights, their lord's command :

There, in their paper chryfalis, he fees

Specks of bon mots, and eggs of repartees.

In modern fpirits ancient wit he iteeps ;

If not its glofs, the reptile's venom keeps :

Thy quaintnefs, Dunning ! but without thy fenfe ;

And juft enough of B 1, for offence.

On thefe lov'd leaves a tranfient glance he threw :
But weightier themes his anxious thoughts purfue.
Deep fenatorial pomp intent to reach,
With ardent eyes he hangs o'er Lanfdown's fpeech.
Then, loud the youth proclaims the enchanting words
That charm'd the " noble natures" of the lords.

** Loft and obfcur' d in Bowood's humble &nu'r,
** No party tool" no candidate for pow'r
" I come, my lords ! an hermit from my cell^
(4 Afe<vj Hunt truths in my plain Jlyle to tell.
" Highly I praifeyour late commercial plan ;
" Kingdoms Jhould all unitelike man and man.
*' T7je French love peace ambition they detejl :
'* Sttt Cherburg' 's frightful -works deny me reft.

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" With joy I fee Mew wealth for

' Lifbon's a frovvard child, and mould be whipp'd.

" Tet Portugal's our old and left ally,

" And Gallic faith is but a Jlender tie.

*' My lords ! the manufacturer^ a fool ;

" The clothier, too, knows nothing about wool :

u Their inter eft s ftill demand our confant care ;

" Their griefs are mine their fears are my defpair.

" My lords ! my foul is big with dire alarms ;

" Turks, Germans, Ruffians, Pruffians, all in arms!

" A noble Pole (Tm proud to call him friend !)

" Tells me of things I cannot comprehend.

'* Tour lordjhips" 1 hairs wouldjland on end to hear

" My lajl dif patches from the Grand Vizier.

" The fear s of Dantzick-merchants can't be told ;

*' Accounts from Cracow make my Hood run cold.

" y^^a/^o/Portfmouth, and of Plymouth Docks,

*' Your Trade -your Taxes Army Wavy Stocks

*' All haunt me in my dreams ; and, when I rife,

" The Bank of EnglandyZ-^r^ my open eyes.

" I fee / know fame dreadful form is brewing ;

" Arm all your waftsyour Navy is your ruin.

" -I fay it fill ; lut (let me be believ'd)

" In this_)>0r lordjhips have been much deceived.

u A noble Duke affirms, I like his plan :

" I never did, my lords ! I never can

*' Shame on the flanderous breath ! which dares infill

44 That /, who now tondemn, advis'd the ill.

B 6 Plain

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' Plain words, tbank HeaSn ! are always undlerf.ood ':
'* /could approve, I fald but not I would.
' Anxious to make the noble Duke content,
" My view was jnjl to feem to g'f^ve confenty
" While all the world might fee that tiotbinr Icfs te

" meant.'"

While J^kyll thus, the rich exhauftlefs ftore
Of Lanfdown's rhetoric ponders o'er and o'er;
And, rapt in happier dreams of future days,
His patron's triumphs in his own furveys ;
Admiring barrifters in crowds refort
From Figtree Brick Hare - Pump- and Garden


Anxious they gaze and watch with filent awe
The motley fon of politics and law.
Meanwhile, with fofteft fmiles and courteous bows,
He, graceful bending, greets their ardent vows.

" Thanks, generous friends," he- cries, " kind Tem-

" piers,- thanks !

u Tho' now, with Lanfdown's band, your Jekyll ranks,
" Think not, he wholly quits black-letter cares ;
" Still ftill the lawyer with \ho.J?atefman fuares."

But, fee ! the fliades of night o'erfpread the Ikies !
Thick fogs and vapours from the Thames arife.
Far different hopes our feparate toils infpire :
'To parchment you, m& precedent retire.
With deeper bronze your darkeil looks imbrown,
Adjuft your brows for the demurring frown :
' Brood

Brood o'er the fierce rebutters of the bar,

And brave the ijfite of the gowned war.

Me, all unpralis'd in the bailiful mood,

Strange, novice thoughts, and alien cares delude.

Yes, modcji Eloquence ! ev'n / muft court

For once, with mimic vows, thy coy fupport.

Oh ! would'ft thou lend the femblance of my charms 1

Feign'd agitations, and aflum'd alarms ;

'Twere all I'd alk : but for one day alone

To ape thy downcaft look thy fuppliant tone :

To paufe and bow with hefitating grace

Here try to falter there a word mifplace :
Long-banimed bluflies this pale cheek to teach.
And aft the miferies of a maiden fpeech.

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' Plain words, thank Hca-Sn! are always unctcrftood ':
' * / could approve, I faidlut not I would.
' Anxious to make the noble Duke content,
" My view ivas jnjl to feem to give confent,
" While all the world might fee that nothing Icfs <vcas

" meant."

While Jv'kyll thus, the rich exhauftlefs (tore
Of Lanfdown's rhetoric ponders o'er and o'er;
And, rapt in happier dreams of future days,
His patron's triumphs in his own furveys ;
Admiring barristers in crowds refort
From Figtree Brick Hare Pump and Garden


Anxious they gaze and watch with filent awe
The motley fon of politics and law.
Meanwhile, with fofteft fmiles and courteous bows,
He, graceful bending, greets their ardent vows.

" Thanks, generous friends," he- cries, " kind Tem-

" piers,- thanks !

a Tho' now, with Lanfdown's band, your Jekyll ranks,
" Think not, he wholly quits Hack-letter cares ;
" Still ftill the lawyer with \hejtatefman faares."

But, fee ! the fliades of night o'erfpread the Ikies !
Thick fogs and vapours from the Thames arife.
Far different hopes our feparate toils infpire :
'To parchment you, and precedent retire.
With deeper bronze your darkeft looks imbrown,
Adjuil your brows for the dtmwring frown :


Brood o'er the fierce rebutters of the bar,

And brave the ijj~ue of the gowned war.

Me, all unpraftis'd in the bafhful mood,

Strange, novice thoughts, and alien cares delude.

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